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FAUX RED BAMBOO CORAL NECKLACE
clear embossing ink
beads and focal piece for molding
size 0 metal knitting needle or bamboo skewer
clay or styrofoam
.015 beading wire
complimentary beads for necklace
glue on pendant bail
pair of ear wires
2 - 2 in. eyepins
2 - 1 in. headpins
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
Preheat your melting pot on the highest setting.
Following the instructions for the molding compound, make molds of the beads you want to duplicate and a mold of whatever you want for your pendant. I used Mold n' Pour for the rose mold and Amazing Putty for the bead molds.
Fill the melting pot to the fill line with half clear and half red hot UTEE. When melted, gently stir with the spatula to mix, add the flex and allow the flex to melt. Stir again.
If you want to darken the red, lightly sprinkle black embossing powder into the melted UTEE and stir. Add only 1/8 teaspoon at a time so you don't darken it too much. When you have the shade of red that you want, pour the melted UTEE into the pendant mold, set aside to harden. When completely hardened, pop it out of the mold.
It takes some practice to do a bead so don't get discouraged if they don't come out right. The beauty of making anything with the melting pot and UTEE is that if you don't like the results, you can always throw the piece back in the pot and remelt it.
Starting at the point, coat about three inches of the knitting needle or skewer with clear embossing ink.
Carefully pour the melted UTEE into the bead mold and fill almost to the top of the mold but not level with the top. If your mold is filled to the top, when you insert the needle to make the hole the UTEE will overflow. Insert the coated needle or skewer into the center of the UTEE in the bead mold. Make sure the needle presses against the bottom of the mold so your hole will go all the way through the bead. Hold the needle in place for a count of at least 50 seconds or until the needle stands in the mold by itself.
Let sit for maybe another minute and then pop the bead out of the mold, push the needle to make sure the hole is all the way through, remove the needle and then push it in the bottom hole so that the hole is uniform all the way through. If you let the bead harden too long with the needle in it, you won't be able to pull the needle out. The bead should still be warm, but solidified when you remove the needle. If your bead should get stuck on the needle, put the bead on the needle back in the melting pot and it should melt off. You can use a heat gun to melt any residue UTEE off the needle.
When you have ten beads and a pendant you like, clean out the pot with paper towels while it is still on. Be careful not to burn yourself. When your pot is cleaned out, shut it off.
Put your beads on a toothpick and brush on a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to give your beads a shine. Stick the toothpicks in clay or styrofoam and let dry.
Brush Diamond Glaze on the pendant. If the glaze puddles in the creases of the pendant, brush it out so it isn't too thick. Let dry.
Glue a pendant bail on the back of the pendant. I also glued a pearl in the center of my rose. Then string your necklace with complimentary beads of your choice. Save two of the faux coral beads to make matching earrings.
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